Equity in Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education

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Twice-Exceptional Students and G/T Services

Texas Performance Standards Project

According to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, "Districts meet the needs of gifted/talented students by modifying the depth, complexity, and pacing of the curriculum and instruction ordinarily provided by the school." In addition, is it also expected that a continuum of learning experiences be provided that leads to the development of advanced-level products and performances, such as those provided through the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) (19 TAC §89.3(2)).

Twice-exceptional learners must also be afforded a rigorous curriculum that meets their needs and is appropriately challenging while accommodating individual exceptionalities. The curriculum for twice-exceptional learners must provide differentiated instruction in core subjects, research opportunities, autonomous learning, interdisciplinary curricula, inquiry and discovery, and qualitatively differentiated curricula along with ancillary services and support.

The Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) is a resource for providing differentiated instruction to gifted/talented (G/T) students (and can be used for providing enhanced academic opportunities for all students). The TPSP provides a coherent package of standards, curriculum, and assessments for use in G/T programs from kindergarten through high school and can be adapted to meet the needs of twice-exceptional learners.